Defensive Adjustments Not Enough In Loss To Syracuse

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We should have seen this coming. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what made Saturday’s disappointing loss the perfect trap game. An overlooked opponent that just happens to fit perfectly between two critical games circled on Virginia Tech’s calendar. That’s how it works. It sneaks up on teams every year at the most inopportune times, and this season in what better place than the Carrier Dome? It’s a venue that Hokie fans know all too well. Some would think the decade long hiatus would have made a difference, but apparently not. Since 1994, Virginia Tech has a 1-5 record when playing on the road against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. But why bring up what we already knew?

There seems to be something even more eerie in the middle of October. For the third year in a row, Virginia Tech has fallen to a conference foe on the road. This is an odd trend that has carried over from the Frank Beamer era, and now has continued through head coach Justin Fuente’s time at the helm.

Here are the last three games played in the middle of October.

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That’s an interesting trend that came a week after winning a conference game. However, after each game in 2014 and 2015, the team has fallen at home in Lane Stadium. In 2014, it came against a talented Miami team led by running back Duke Johnson, and last year’s four overtime thriller against then 23rd ranked Duke. Each game became a pivotal moment for the season as the team entered the meat of ACC play.

Unfortunately, recent history says the Hokies will need to play their “A” game to pull out a win against Miami Thursday night, an important game that I’m confident the coaching staff has already been studying film on, and possibly even practiced for last week leading to the Syracuse game. Since the team has a short time to prepare, the coaches need to cram as much

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